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Visitor Reviews - Merryhill Country Park

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Merryhill Country Park
Telegraph Hill
Honingham
Norwich
Norfolk   (Browse area)
NR9 5AT   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01603 881411  or  07776240969

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Pitches: 18
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 3 Reviews
              8/10 from 3 Reviews


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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: The Outwell 4 11 reviews from this member

This site is in a beautiful wooded location in the middle of nowhere but easily reached from the A47 down narrow lanes.

We understand its only been under the current ownership for a few months having previously been a naturist static site. The staff are lovely and really care. It feels like a static site mainly and its not yet fully geared up for camping as there are some facilities that are limited currently.

It does have 2 fantastic swimming pools, one outside that is available all day, and is warm and well maintained. The inside pool is used on a timeshare basis with external users with regular off peak slots reserved for static residents + campers - check the notice board. I swam first thing in the morning and had the pool to myself, its a lovely pool and very clean.

There's a small play area suitable for younger children, its next to a quiet road so they do need to be supervised.

There is currently no toilet block on site - though we understand one is going to be built. This means that the only toilets and showers for campers are those in the club house - some distance from many campers and especially the pods. These are kept very clean (though no alternative available when being cleaned).

The only washing up sink is in the club house kitchen so often there was a wait to wash-up. Really a site this size needs at least 2 washing-up sinks.

There is no noise policy (eg quiet after 11pm) meaning the staff have nothing to refer to or enforce. On Saturday evening there was a disco in the clubhouse that ran until midnight (so anyone on the pitches next to the club house had to listen to very loud music). As the club house is open 24 hrs to allow use of the toilets, the party just seemed to carry on afterwards with loud talking and laughing until around 2am. A bit off putting if you are in your PJs and want to go to the loo as you have to walk past!

The only rubbish/recycling bins are at the top of the site, passed Reception, so quite a walk, though a golf buggy did go around during the day with a helpful, friendly member of staff offering to take rubbish. The site really needs some more bins near the club house.

A few more drinking water taps would be handy - we used the one in the club house kitchen sink, though did find some more eventually (a site map would be handy!).

This is a dog friendly site - however no dogs allowed in the club house, no dog poo bins (so a long walk to the bin at the top of the site with each poo bag or if you are in the woods you can use the 'sh**t flickers' provided - I kid you not, the instruction sign for these is hilarious, will try and upload a photo of it!) and dogs must be on leads everywhere - including all the woods which is a shame. (Watch out for ticks we found one on our dog, so check them and yourself after walkies).

The Club house is a really lovely facility, there was a PS2 (not many working games), a Wii (on a big screen in the evening), paperbacks, washing machine & drier, a few board games, Sauna, cheap bar in the evenings, table tennis etc. I just hope campers continue to respect it.

There is no shop on site and its a drive a few miles to Sainsbury's or Taverham (for basic supplies), or onto Drayton for a medium sized Tesco. We've stayed at other sites without shops that have arranged for fresh sliced bread/croissants etc to be delivered each morning from a local bakery (ie paid for and ordered the day before) - it would be great if Reception could arrange this as well as stocking a fridge with just a few basics for sale eg milk, sausages and bacon. I am sure this would be appreciated by all the static residents too.

Pitches are not clearly marked and many do slope, more of an issue for tent campers. Camping pitches are mingled in with statics which is a little off putting for the campers as well as for the static residents I am sure. Its a pity the site isn't being planned with a view to keeping these more separate.

All in all a lovely site with lots of potential and lovely staff. Great location for visiting Norwich and the coast.

Date of Visit: January 2015
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Please note as of February 2015 this site is no longer a naturist site.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tomsawyer 3 reviews from this member

We didn’t have enough time to go abroad, so England it would have to be. The decision on where to go, lay between Merryhill, near Honingham in Norfolk (Nelson’s County) and Broadlands in Stoke Holy Cross, near Norwich also in Norfolk. The decision was made solely on looking at the two websites and deciding which looked best. We went for Merryhill and left our visit to Broadlands for another time.

Once we’d loaded up the van, which has so far been to both the Download and Bloodstock festivals we set off, hoping that we’d got everything for our first camping trip of the summer. We headed up the A12, out of Essex and into Suffolk, before talking the A14 north, passing by Ipswich, before heading onto the A140 towards Norwich. Last year while on the A14 heading for Bolding Way, we missed the A140 turn off and ended up nearly in Newmarket, so this time we made sure to take the right road. After about another 45 minutes we were almost in Norwich and moved on by taking the A47 west which goes past the Norfolk Showground. Around another 20 minutes we at the entrance to Merryhill by their indoor swimming pool.

After a quick phone call to alert the duty host, we then paid our dues and were let in through the main mechanical security gate. Impressive just doesn’t really describe the site, it is so well appointed and definitely the best venue we’ve visited so far. After a false start, we found the right place to pitch our tent, parked the van. After an hour in the van, it was good to feel cool again and also warm work lugging all the camping gear out of the van. Having a rather large tent and also a lot of cooking/general equipment, it took us around and hour to get the tent up and all the gear into place.

We then took a tour of the grounds, which had around 50 mobile homes, 10 bungalows, as well as an overflow camping field, Woodland walk, Clubhouse with bar, an outdoor swimming pool, Children's play area, Large grass area for ball games, All weather Miniten Courts (1 Floodlit) and Petanque courts. Settling down outside the tent, we basked in the late afternoon sunshine and opened the first of the two bottles of red wine. That evening we went to the bar and had a few drinks and talked to other visitors as well as the regulars who live on site. With a pint at only 2. 20 we walked slowly back to the tent and were soon sparko.

Bank holiday Monday dawned cloudy, although not really unpleasant, so we went into Norwich, did a bit of shopping at the shops near to Norwich City Station and saw from a distance the the “Lets be havin you “ Norwich City football ground in Carrow road. Once back we had a barbecue before spending the rest of the evening in the Merrybar which opened at around 9pm. Tuesday dawned fine with us nursing sore heads, but after a hearty breakfast, we headed off for a shower before then heading to the pool area, for some swimming and some sunbathing to top up our tans. By late afternoon the clouds returned, so we headed out to the coast to visited Winterton beach. We were amazed by the size of the beach and it was all sand, as the photos show and hardly a stone insight. The sun returned briefly, so we took the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful beach and its scenery.

We then walked up on to the sand dunes at the back of the beach (almost as high as a two story house) and took some wonderful photos of the beach and the surrounding countryside. We decided as we were close that we would spend the evening in Great Yarmouth and had a meal, before returning to Merryhill and spent the rest of the evening drinking wine outside the tent. Wednesday was our last day so we packed up all the camping gear, putting it nice and tidy in the van for next time, then headed off for a shower. We said a few good byes, got rid of the rubbish and rather sadly headed back towards Norwich.

Merryhill is almost heaven on earth for a nature lover, being far enough away from any outside noise, but near enough to the civilisation which people take for granted these days. We really didn’t want to leave and thought how nice it could be to live there one day.


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